Outdoor Life - - SHOOTING - —T.H.

Va­ri­ety, as they say, is the spice of life. It’s also a path to fun. For many hun­ters, white­tails are not only their fa­vorite game an­i­mal—it’s the only game they pur­sue. This makes it a bit eas­ier to un­der­stand why folks fall into, shall we say, a rut. A so­lu­tion? Di­ver­sify. Many of the ar­eas that hold white­tails in the fall are also top­notch lo­ca­tions for other species. Take ad­van­tage of this wild bounty by cre­at­ing your own “slam,” and then make it hap­pen.

For ex­am­ple: Say you’re a Wis­con­sin hunter. You could start the day by tar­get­ing walleyes from a ca­noe in a lo­cal river. With a lit­tle luck, you might jump up a few ducks as well, so keep your shot­gun handy. Then beach the boat and chase grouse af­ter lunch. Fi­nally, wrap up the day with white­tails in the evening.

An­other combo: Hunt early-sea­son geese in the morn­ing, pheas­ants at mid­day, and deer in the evening. Live in the Great Lakes re­gion? Per­fect. You can combo up on river-run salmon, grouse, fall tur­keys, and white­tails.

Choose your own ad­ven­ture, and make the most of the op­tions avail­able. the tools Be­sides rods, reels, guns, and bows, you don’t need much to pull off this chal­lenge. Pack lay­er­ing ap­parel so you can adapt through­out the day. And be sure to have a cooler on hand to keep the fish and other game you col­lect on the out­ing fresh.

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